he street campaign has been created by German street art collective Mentalgassi, in collaboration with Brothers and Sisters and its creative team, Lisa Jelliffe and Kirsten Rutherford.
The art installation depicts a close-up of Troy Davis’ face, which is only visible to those approaching the fence. Front on, the image becomes invisible. The plaques posted on fences around Soho alert passers-by to an Amnesty website where they can sign a petition calling for justice for Davis.
Davis, the subject of a long-running campaign from Amnesty, has spent 19 years on death row in the state of Georgia in the US, for a murder he has always said he did not commit.
Rutherford and Jelliffe said: “Mentalgassi’s images are unexpected, arresting and emotive. Their surprising use of faces on fence railings reminded us of prison bars which seemed like a unique way to highlight Amnesty’s work.”
Jo Metcalf, head of art, Amnesty International UK, said: “This is an amazing and strikingly new way of taking the Amnesty message out into the streets. We’ve already had a massive response on Troy Davis’ case and this project is set to boost that still further.”
This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk